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Visa for Vietnam in Luang Prabang

Posted by brucemoon on 24/1/2009 at 06:59

Hi, all

In 2008, Somtam2000 advised that a Vietnamese Visa can be obtained in Luang Prabang.

I tried emailing the embassy there with no result.

Has anybody actually obtained a visa from the embassy there?

If so, how long did it take, and what sort of hassle?

I'm planning to be there in April during New Year week. I am now starting to wonder whether the embassy be open at that time.

So, if anyone can advise whether the embassy will be open at that time, I'd be appreciative.

I suppose I could get one in Australia before leaving, but the VN government has jacked up the prices yet again. And, I'm not fussed with paying any gov't extra money cause I'm Australian, nor on the basis that I might want to go to VN.


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Posted by laos_info on 27/1/2009 at 13:31

As far as I know there is no Vietnamese Embassy in Luang Prabang. However travel agents can run these for you - typically duration is 3-5 working days.

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Posted by seagypsy on 5/2/2009 at 12:23

Yes, there's a Vietnamese Consulate in LP. It's on new Naviengkham Road and less than a minutes walk from the Thansamay home construction store. However, if you're planning to get your Viet visa in mid-April in Laos, please be aware that Lao New Year falls in mid-April which means that embassies and a number of government offices will be closed to observe this Lao holiday.

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Posted by markbek on 19/3/2010 at 12:29

The Vietnamese consulate in Luang Prabang gives tourist visas in about 15 minutes for US$60. Or if you wait 3 days it costs 45$.
The consulate is very central so it's all very easy. A lot of travel agencies will do the job for you and pretend that it's more difficult so they can charge a commission but despite their claims there's no reason at all to send your passport to Vientiane.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 19/3/2010 at 21:48

When I was at the Vietnam consulate in Luang Prabang last year (here's a photo as usual to prove I'm not making this up Vietnam Consulate in Luang Prabang) I was quoted $35/45/50 for two/next/same day visa service.

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Posted by markbek on 20/3/2010 at 09:52

I guess the prices have risen slightly - 10 days ago they asked for $60 for on-the-spot issuance

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Posted by marsav on 29/11/2010 at 15:56

I have applied for the visa today in Luang Prabang and it's $60/50/45 for same day/next day/third day

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 29/11/2010 at 23:53

Thanks for the updated pricing. Obviously the USD aint worth what it was a year ago.

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Posted by flashpacks2 on 5/12/2010 at 04:35

My wife and I got our vietnam visa in LP last Feb as noted by capt Bob. We paid $45 and picked them up the net day. Very Smooth.

#9 flashpacks2 has been a member since 28/11/2010. Posts: 2

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